Top 5 Short-range AR Optics

We're talking short range optics, but you can always add a magnifier.

What’s the “best” anyway? It all depends on the ranking criteria, right? Is the “best” car one that hits 60mph in 2.9 seconds or one that can tow the lower half of South Dakota to Manitoba? The same goes with optics, so as I own the ink until this article goes live and comments open, […]

Gun Review: Mossberg’s MVP Patrol 7.62mm/.308

Mossberg's MVP Patrol is ready for addition of accessories, like suppressors.

Having caught the suppressor bug, I’ve wanted to check out a bolt-action .308 that’s compact enough to handle the extra length and weight of a silencer, yet still remain portable and handy. That’s what peaked my interest in the Mossberg MVP Patrol. The MVP Patrol is a 7 ½ pound rifle (not including optic) that, […]

Four Outstanding AR Optics for Less Than $400

You won't see a lot of Zombie features on this Weaver Kaspa-Z, but you will get a great deal on a general purpose AR optic.

If you splurge on a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500-KR, you’re not going to fill the crank case with reclaimed Crisco just to save a few bucks. A similar principle applies to optics. Even with AR-15 prices falling faster than BlockBuster Video’s stock price, you’re still probably going to spend north of $600 on a rifle. […]

Black Rifle Holiday Gift Guide

Aimpoint Carbine Optic

We’re getting into the gift giving, and more importantly, gift receiving season, so here are some of our picks for black rifle accessories. Some are old; some are new; some are expensive and others not, but all are useful additions to the modern sporting rifle. Aimpoint Carbine Optic I’ve always loved the red dot options […]

Scope Review: Hawke Panorama EV 3-9×40 AO

The Hawke Optics Panorama EV 6-9x40 AO mounted on a Rock River Arms 6.8 SPC

The Hawke Panorama EV 3-9×40 AO is the third Hawke Optic we’ve tested over the past couple of years. A while back, we shot some cocks with the Hawke Sidewinder Tactical IR and more recently, we tinkered with the Hawke 1×32 Multi-Purpose for crossbows and AR platforms. In both previous cases we found the Hawke […]

Scope Review: Hawke Optics 1×32 Multi-Purpose Scope

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The Hawke Optics 1×32 Multi Purpose Scope plays well with others Somewhat like Captain Jack Sparrow, the Hawke Optics 1×32 Multi-Purpose scope easily adapts to all sorts of situations. Originally designed as a crossbow optic, people quickly realized that it was fit for more combustible applications. As I’ll show in more detail, it has 3 easy-to […]

Gun Review: Springfield Armory M1A Standard Rifle

Springfield Armory M1A Standard

Springfield Armory M1A Standard Rifle This rifle is beast. Not a beast. Just beast. If you have teenage kids, you might have already heard things like video games, high school athletes and cars described as “beast.” Apparently it’s a subtle, yet cool, form of praise. Kids these days don’t generally describe praise-worthy things as “richly […]

Review: Hawke Optics Sidewinder Tactical Scope – Cool, but can it shoot the cocks?

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The Good The value on this scope is great. It’s clear, consistent and very tactical looking – all for about 400 bucks. The Bad The battery on our illuminated reticle died fairly quickly. Just to note, the green setting appears to burn a good bit more juice. On the plus side, the etched reticle is […]